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[kuh-del] /kəˈdɛl/
a small, blackish beetle, Tenebroides mauritanicus, that feeds, as both larva and adult, on stored grain and on other insects.
Origin of cadelle
1860-65; < French < Provençal cadello < Latin catellus, catella puppy, equivalent to cat(ulus) young of an animal + -ellus, -ella diminutive suffix Unabridged
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  • Mme. cadelle's face had become somewhat anxious, and for over a minute she seemed to hesitate.

    Other People's Money Emile Gaboriau
  • But, if it was a weapon he had gone for, it was not for the one which Marius and Mme. cadelle supposed.

    Other People's Money Emile Gaboriau
British Dictionary definitions for cadelle


a widely distributed beetle, Tenebroides mauritanicus, that feeds on flour, grain, and other stored foods, as well as on other insects: family Trogositidae
Word Origin
French, from Provençal cadello, from Latin catellus a little dog
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